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Leeds Chronic Fatigue Sufferer: 'No One Really Knows What Causes My Illness'

Sunday 28 May 2017


From UK newspaper the Yorkshire Evening Post:


Hattie Hodgson-Crome
SPEAKING OUT: Hattie Hodgson-Crome, who is sharing
her experience with chronic fatigue syndrome in the
hope of raising awareness.

Leeds chronic fatigue sufferer: ‘No one really knows what causes my illness’

Monday 22 May 2017
© 2017 Johnston Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Feeling extremely fatigued, having time off work, spending weeks in bed and battling for a diagnosis to make professionals accept it.

Those are the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), a long-term illness that can cause extreme tiredness.

“Getting the diagnosis was such a mixed feeling. On the one hand, it was a huge relief,” says Hattie Hodgson-Crome, from Kirkstall, who suffers from ME.

“I knew that I wasn’t just pathetic, there was something going on that was medically recognised.

“On the other hand, I knew that no one really knows what causes ME, and that there are no real treatments at present.

“I knew that an ME diagnosis was one that meant that I was likely to be ill, and limited, for many years. Possibly my whole life.”


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